Caribbean Snap Shots: Sandy Spit, British Virgin Islands

Uninhabited and unspoiled, this gem of the British Virgin Islands provides the quintessential castaway experience


It’s the classic deserted island. A single patch of greenery and a swatch of ivory-white sand surrounded by clear tropical waters. Chances are you’ve seen it before, either in the pages of a travel magazine, as the backdrop for an advertising campaign, or featured in a video by country/Caribbean crooner Kenny Chesney.

This diminutive dollop of dry land lies just east of the island of Jost Van Dyke, and is the smallest of a trio of uninhabited islands that also includes Sandy Cay and Green Cay. These are favorite stopovers for sailors aboard private or chartered yachts, and several tour operators will also ferry you there from St. Thomas or Tortola for an afternoon of snorkeling, sunning and beach walks.